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  • Mary Crabtree

    I had joined a group of tutors to plan a short course in how to set up practical workshops.
    Mary was listening in as a facilitator.

    After the session had finished she came up to me put her arm around me and said:

    "Well done, you started off a very interesting discussion. I am very impressed.”

    I was stunned. No one had ever given me this sort of praise before. I packed the memory away as a treasure.

    This woman saw my potential and actually took the time to give me some praise and encouragement. This was very rare.

    Mary invited me and my husband to her home for a meal.

    I was enchanted with their house. Every room was lined with books and comfortable, lived in furniture. Mary had gone to the trouble of making us a vegetarian meal; and she and her husband Tom (who was a psychologist and author) drew us into various discussions and listened with interest to my opinion.

    When I arrived home, I ran to my bedroom and threw myself on the bed sobbing for all the years I could have had similar support.

    I decided to pass on the gift Mary had given me by searching for the potential in all the people who I supported in their workplace and taught in College.
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